Stench of burnt flesh at Syria town - UN

2012-06-09 07:11

New York - UN observers who went to the Syria massacre village of Al-Kubeir saw blood on the walls and were hit by a "stench of burnt flesh" but could not confirm how many died, a spokesperson said on Friday.

While the government has denied responsibility, UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky said the observers saw armoured vehicle tracks around the village and homes that were damaged by rockets, grenades and various weapons.

"Inside some of the houses, blood was visible across the walls and floors. Fire was still burning outside houses and there was a strong stench of burnt flesh," the spokesperson said in a grim account of the visit.

At least 55 people were killed on Wednesday in an assault on Al-Kubeir in Hama province, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

UN officials have made it clear they believe government forces and allies were behind the attack on a mainly Sunni Muslim village surrounded by an Allawite population loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

More than 20 unarmed UN observers were allowed into Al-Kubeir on Friday after they were shot at and prevented from entering the village on Thursday, Nesirky said in a statement

The village was empty when they went in there, and so monitors were unable to talk to any witnesses of the attack, which has led to calls for tougher action against President Bashar al-Assad.

Nesirky said people from a nearby village came "and spoke of what they had heard and the relatives they had lost".

"Armoured vehicle tracks were visible in the vicinity. Some homes were damaged by rockets from armoured vehicles, grenades and a range of calibre weapons," Nesirky said.

"The circumstances surrounding this attack are still unclear. The names, details and number of those killed are still not confirmed. The observers are still working to ascertain the facts," he said.

Nesirky said that Syrian army checkpoints had "stopped" and "in some cases turned back" the observers who made "multiple attempts" to get into Al-Kubeir on Thursday.

"Some of the patrols were being stopped by civilians in the area," he added. The monitors were also told by residents that their "safety was at risk" if they entered the village.


According to preliminary evidence, government troops surrounded Al-Kubeir and militia entered the village and killed civilians with "barbarity", UN chief Ban Ki-moon told the UN Security Council on Thursday, according to diplomats at a closed briefing.

Al-Kubeir was the second major massacre in Syria in two weeks.

At least 108 people were killed when forces attacked the town of Houla on May 25.

The government has denied any role in both slaughters.

The United Nations says that well over 10,000 people have been killed in the uprising against Assad in the past 15 months.

  • ettore.greco2 - 2012-06-09 07:41

    You will see One same Hand to always split all people. There is only one solution.

  • simphiwe.tladi - 2012-06-09 08:32

    Military and legal action should be taken against the gvt of Syria.if this was happening here in Africa,that would had done long ago,therefore I now see that NATO thinks Africa is a playing ground.

      jomardl - 2012-06-09 09:26

      What a strange comment. Are you saying the west does not "intervene" enough in the Middle East?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-09 13:40

      Omnivore, you too are obsessed, blinding yourself while women and children are being slaughtered by Assad. It's more than obvious the problem is that the freer world IS NOT intervening in Syria, not that it is. Wake up!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-09 13:46

      Simphiwe, truly that is an absurd conclusion to reach. Nato has intervened all of ONCE in an African conflict: Libya. And it did that when the international community, through the UN Security Council, charged it to do so. Nato is a military association, not a political organization. It has 28 member-countries, just about all of Europe, the US and Turkey, its second-largest member, a country of 73 million MUslims. It represents one billion people.

      Sharon - 2012-06-12 19:19

      simphiwe,shure like what happened in rwanda and zimbabwe - go talk crap somewhere else

      Sharon - 2012-06-12 19:24

      the way these arabs are carrying on you would think malemmer was visiting

  • nick.athinodorou - 2012-06-09 08:42

    I find it quite strange that the Muslim community in SA,particularly those who are vocal in their criticism of lsrael, are so silent about the goings on in Syria. Is it a case of when Muslims kill other Muslims in large numbers its not something that should be protested about? Or is a case of the media not reporting their disapproval? The silence from some academics at UJ is also deafening! Hypocrisy is thick in the air!!

      Jean - 2012-06-09 09:20

      Islam is a religion that can do no wrong in the world of the muslim, its always a conspiracy or some other western country is behind it. Tedious card to play!

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-06-09 09:46

      maybe our Muslims are the same type as those doing the killing over there?

      Jean - 2012-06-09 10:56

      Mmanjoo no its not. Doesn't matter what goes in the muslim world, it's the same reaction, either it be from indonesia, saudi, SA, pakistan or egypt muslim communities. As soon as islam is a victim an uproar is made by every muslim regardless their nationality but when islam is responsible for attacks on other faiths or is solely responsible for intimidation and violence then all goes quiet. Guess when you can't burn an American flag then its not worth protesting about.

      Luyolo - 2012-06-09 13:27

      The guy who runs the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is in Coventry in England. He says his family are not speaking with him including his own mother. They accuse him of working with the West to destabilize Syria. So I guess the Muslim community is quiet because they know that the West is fueling this conflict by arming the Al Queda terrorist who are now in Syria also killing civilians but the Western media only reports one element in this conflict. The West wants to destabilize this country if it didnt want to then it would have taken out Asaad a long time ago they even have stealthy drones but thats not how they want it they want this country to head to a civil war like situation so that when the time to attack Iran comes they wont have a country like Syria causing trouble for them.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-09 13:32

      You're talking absolute rubbish Luyolo. It's downright foolish and stupid to believe and write this while women and children are literally being butchered by Assad, who's told you he's the bloody surgeon of Syria.

  • Shaun McDermott - 2012-06-09 08:59

    The United Nations is one of the most useless agencies on this planet. they have no teeth and all they ever do is talk.

  • Honker - 2012-06-09 09:06

    Rather confirm this, as these "observers" could not. Israel and it's puppet, the US is itching for another war.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-09 09:20

      Honker, No, you don't understand, Here are a people who have had enough of an evil family who have terrorized them for FIFTY YEARS !!!!!! And all this bunch of assad criminal thugs can do is to MURDER those opposed to them. We let the Libyans down, and now Africa is letting the Syrians down , at a time they need all the support possible. There has not been ONE African leader who has, outside of the UN, spoken his disgust at this assad DOG. No wonder there is so little respect for Africa !!!

      Honker - 2012-06-09 10:44

      Hey Anthony. I agree with you for the most part. However, the international media only brings a matter to the attention of the world when Israel and the US have an agenda to play out. Otherwise, even the most worst atrocities go unseen.

      Fidel - 2012-06-09 11:01

      Spot on Honker re MSM, there's none of this apoplexy by this same media when Muslim women and children are being slaughtered daily, for the past ten years by these same Nato thugs. Women and children are the same everywhere and don't deserve to be slaughtered by cruel men.

      Honker - 2012-06-09 11:09

      Very true, Fidel.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-09 13:37

      Another foolish perspective, while women and children are literally being butchered by Assad who's confessed to doing it.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-09 13:42

      Fidel, I got tears in my eyes how you sudenly care about women and children !! Up till now you have only supported the worst tyrants that have ever walked on this earth, Your admiration for that monstrous gaddafi PROSTITUTE/DOG, and now for this MASS MURDERER, you have continiously shared with us. Sitting behind your computer , it is easy to support this murderous SCUM , while the opposition gets slaughtered. You don't have heart, so you can't possibly care for "women and children"

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-09 13:48

      Fidel, again, you're willfully lying. You are part of the problem, complicit in the killing of women and children, and the destruction of Syria. The blood of Syrians is on your hands.

  • nsilongo - 2012-06-09 09:58

    I blame Julius Malema, his money to build a sandton house, could have been used to hire the special forces of yesteryear apartheid goverment, they will solve syria in 2 weeks, lots of chuck norris in them.

  • rasthami.m1 - 2012-06-09 10:31

    This is really saddening who could be so cruel guess we living in the chapters of revelations the world is coming to an end

  • Fidel - 2012-06-09 10:58

    A sad situation indeed that will go unabated because those who say that they seek peace, are only interested in a PIECE of Syria, as far as their geo-political interests are concerned. Russia has made reasonable proposals that both sides lay down their weapons and negotiate a way out but the so called revolutionaries have flatly refused because they would be negotiating from a position of weakness. The people egging them on have no interest in preserving the lives of Syrians because their objective is regime change only, doesn't matter how many people perish in the way. The same Syrians who are calling for the bombing of their country by Nato are only interested in chaos and disorder to destabilise their country so that they can impose their own agenda, which everyone weirdly assumes is "democracy" or human rights, whatever that means. "Throw your guns, pangas and knives into the sea" Mandela

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-09 13:35

      Willful stupidity and blindness. Assad has told you he's the bloody surgeon of Syria. You're still harping on about the West and supporting Russia who's arming Assad and complicit in his "surgery". Stupid. Willful. Heartless.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-09 14:20

      Fidel, You are nothing than a sick BULLSH.TTER. When it suits you ,you have no problem using Mandela, But yesterday you still insulted him by suggesting he wasted his life for; ""not the noisy circus of one man, one vote, once, every 4-5 years"" You are DISGUSTING !!!

      Honker - 2012-06-09 18:46

      It's an intricate matter, and when something like this gets the attention of the world, I rather turn to other sources of information than the Zionist media. Take this for instance. Very interesting lady, who by chance happens to be SYRIAN.

      Honker - 2012-06-09 18:48

      Just a last note on that post of mine: NOT for sensitive eyes. A few truly tragic scenes of children who are victims in there. :(

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-10 01:45

      Patrick, How sad you cannot make ONE comment without FILTH. What do you do on this "large estate" ? Clean the toilets for the Madam ??

  • Megeshin - 2012-06-09 11:43

    Let them kill each other who cares, , less terrorists in the world..

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-09 13:49

      This is a heartless and hopeless decision.

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